By Ben Efe
German coach, Joachim Lowe, is gathering information on Ghanaâ€™s Michael Essien with a view of locking out the combative midfielder when they clash at the South Africa 2010 World Cup.
Germany, Ghana Serbia and Australia are in group D and Lowe has identified the Black Stars as potential threats in the group with Essien calling the shots.
â€œMichael Essien is the man Germany has to stop if they are to take maximum points off Ghana,â€ said Lowe.
He added that Essienâ€™s teammate at Chelsea, Michael Ballack will provide useful information on how Germany can stop Essien and Ghana in this their first competitive match meeting at senior level.
â€œI will have to ring Michael Ballack to get some inside info on Essien. The Ghanaians played well at the 2006 World Cup and have improved over the past few years.
â€œGhana are going to be very difficult to play against due to their physical strength and in Michael Essien they have a real superstar.
â€œItâ€™s going to be difficult group, but I donâ€™t think we need to fear any of the sides we are up against because weâ€™ve got a very strong squad ourselves.â€